Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D.
New England Anti-Vivisection Society
Presentation: Lessons from Chimpanzee-Based Human Disease Research: The Role of Genetic Differences, and Implications for Other Animal Models
British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection science consultant Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., received his degree in genetics and doctorate in viral genetics from Newcastle University in the 1990s, after which he spent seven years in academic research investigating and publishing his findings on the causes of premature birth in humans.
Since that time, Jarrod has applied his knowledge and expertise toward evaluating the scientific validity and human relevance of animal models in biomedical research and testing. Over the past five years, he has authored and co-authored reviews outlining the limitations and ultimate human hazards of the use of nonhuman primates and other animals in various fields of research. These include: the testing of substances that can cause birth defects and cancer; the use of chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates in various forms of medical research including HIV/AIDS, cancer, and hepatitis; and the use genetically modified animals to research diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, among others.
He was a chief author of a substantial scientific petition submitted by a coalition of organizations to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requesting that it require scientists to use valid nonanimal methods in research and testing in place of animal methods, and has submitted scientific evidence to a variety of British and European inquiries into the validity of animal research, some of which has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has taken part in many debates on animal research both in public and in the political arena, at the U.K., European, Belgian, and Italian parliaments.